Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme
The Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme (STAPP) is intended to protect the assets in the tourism landscape that form the core of our essential tourism offerings to ensure their survival through the disruption caused by COVID-19.
The Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme (STAPP) has been allocated to support tourism businesses, Inbound Tour Operators, and Regional Tourism Organisation.
Decisions were made by the Tourism Recovery Ministers group, supported by MBIE advice.
There were over 300 applicants from businesses for STAPP support. Offers of support have been made to up to 126 eligible businesses, including Māori tourism businesses. The package will support tourism businesses of all sizes and types including cultural attractions, adventure activities, scenic tours, and zoos, aquariums and wildlife encounters across Aotearoa.
Additionally, the Tourism Recovery Ministers Group has a mandate to decide on urgent investments which are outside the application round, and it has done so for AJ Hackett, Discover Waitomo, and Whale Watch Kaikōura.
MBIE is currently working with these businesses to finalise contracting details. Once these have been finalised, a full list of businesses to be supported through STAPP will be published on the funding recipient webpage.
Inbound Tour Operators
Inbound Tour Operators (ITOs) promote and sell New Zealand travel packages to offshore buyers. ITOs are a key link between overseas wholesalers and travel sellers, and it’s vital that they are able to operate when international travel resumes.
The Tourism Recovery Ministers Group agreed that up to $20 million in loans through STAPP should be offered to a set of Inbound Tour Operators which will play an important role in the recovery of international tourism. The Tourism Recovery Ministers Group will make decisions on loans for a set of ITOs.
Regional Tourism Organisations
RTOs play an important role in supporting the tourism system. The tourism sector depends on capable, secure and adequately resourced RTOs that lead and coordinate activities alongside the tourism industry, stakeholders, Māori/iwi and communities.
As part of STAPP, up to $20.2 million has been allocated to the 31 Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) across New Zealand.
RTO investment plans have been assessed and have had their funding confirmed. Overall, the investment will enable RTOs to implement Destination Management and planning, and encourage more people to explore the region and discover their own backyard. The funding will also allow RTOs to support the tourism industry, stimulate regional demand, increase industry capability and progress the goals of the New Zealand-Aotearoa Government Tourism Strategy.
|Regional Tourism Organisations||Approved|
|Northland Inc. Limited||$700,000|
|Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development||$1,000,000|
|Destination Coromandel Trust||$700,000|
|Hamilton & Waikato Tourism||$700,000|
|Trust Tairāwhiti Ltd||$400,000|
|Western Bay of Plenty Tourism and Visitors Trust (Operating as: Tāpoi Te Moananui ā Toi | Tourism Bay of Plenty)||$700,000|
|Hawke's Bay Tourism||$700,000|
|Destination Lake Taupō Trust (known as Destination Great Lake Taupō - DGLT)||$700,000|
|Rotorua Economic Development Limited||$1,000,000|
|Venture Taranaki Trust||$700,000|
|Whanganui and Partners Ltd||$700,000|
|Central Economic Development Agency Ltd (CEDA)||$700,000|
|Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency Ltd. (WREDA)||$1,000,000|
|Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA)||$700,000|
|Development West Coast||$400,000|
|ChristchurchNZ Ltd (on behalf of Mackenzie District Council)||$400,000|
|Venture Timaru Ltd T/A Aoraki Development & Tourism||$400,000|
|Tourism Waitaki Limited||$400,000|
|Dunedin City Council||$700,000|
|Lake Wanaka Tourism Inc||$700,000|
|Central Otago District Council||$700,000|
|Destination Queenstown Incorporated||$1,000,000|
|Destination Fiordland Incorporated||$400,000|
|Clutha Development Incorporated||$400,000|